Blood Brothers

Mrs. Jennifer Lyons Character Analysis

The opposite of Mrs. Johnstone—whom she employs as a cleaning lady when the play begins—the infertile and snobbish Mrs. Lyons adopts Edward as her own child, and raises him as a wealthy, upper-class boy. Like Mrs. Johnstone, Mrs. Lyons is haunted by the original act of a mother giving up her child, but in Mrs. Lyons’ case, this guilt turns into suspicion and paranoia. She makes up a superstition to keep Mrs. Johnstone away from Edward, and eventually becomes so convinced that she will lose her son that she tries to kill Mrs. Johnstone. Eventually, Mrs. Lyons’ hatred and madness become so pronounced that she reveals Linda and Edward’s affair to Mickey, thus contributing to the murder of her adopted son.

Mrs. Jennifer Lyons Quotes in Blood Brothers

The Blood Brothers quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Jennifer Lyons or refer to Mrs. Jennifer Lyons. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bloomsbury Press edition of Blood Brothers published in 1995.
Act 1 Quotes

MRS. JOHNSTONE: Oh God, Mrs. Lyons, never put new shoes on a table…You never know what’ll happen.
MRS. LYONS: Oh…you mean you’re superstitious?
MRS. JOHNSTONE: No, but you never put new shoes on a table.

Related Characters: Mrs. Johnstone (speaker), Mrs. Jennifer Lyons
Related Symbols: Shoes on the Table
Page Number: 22
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In the name of Jesus, the thing was done,
Now there’s no going back, for anyone.
It’s too late now, for feeling torn
There’s a pact been sealed, there’s a deal been born.

How swiftly those who’ve made a pact,
Can come to overlook the fact.
Or wish the reckoning to be delayed
But a debt is a debt, and must be paid.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Mrs. Johnstone, Mrs. Jennifer Lyons
Page Number: 40
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MRS. LYONS: You do know what they say about twins, secretly parted, don’t you?
MRS. JOHNSTONE: What? What?
MRS. LYONS: They say…they say that if either twin learns that he once was a pair, that they shall both immediately die. It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers shall grow up, unaware of the other’s existence. They shall be raised apart and never, ever told what was once the truth. You won’t tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone, because if you do, you will kill them.

Related Characters: Mrs. Johnstone (speaker), Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker), Mickey, Edward
Page Number: 47
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You see, you see why I don’t want you mixing with boys like that! You learn filth from them and behave like this like a, like a horrible little boy, like them. But you are not like them. You are my son, mine, and you won’t..you won’t ever…Oh my son…my beautiful, beautiful son.

Related Characters: Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker), Edward
Page Number: 61
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MRS. LYONS:…If we stay here I feel that something terrible will happen, something bad.
MR. LYONS: Look, Jen. What is this thing you keep talking about getting away from? Mm?
MRS. LYONS: It’s just…it’s these people…these people that Edward has started mixing with. Can’t you see how he’s drawn to them? They’re…they’re drawing him away from me.

Related Characters: Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker), Mr. Richard Lyons (speaker)
Page Number: 68
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Act 2 Quotes

MRS. LYONS: Where did you get that…locket from, Edward? Why do you wear it?
EDWARD: I can’t tell you that, Ma. I’ve explained, it’s a secret. I can’t tell you.
MRS. LYONS: But…but I’m your mother.
EDWARD: I know, but I still can’t tell you. It’s not important, I’m going up to my room. It’s just a secret, everybody has secrets, don’t you have secrets?

Related Characters: Edward (speaker), Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker)
Page Number: 69
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MRS. LYONS: Afraid he might eventually have forgotten you? Oh no. There’s no chance of that. He’ll always remember you. After we’d moved he talked less and less of you and your family. I started…just for a while I came to believe that he was actually mine.
MRS. JOHNSTONE: He is yours.
MRS. LYONS: No. I took him. But I never made him mine. Does he know? Have you told…
MRS. JOHNSTONE: Of course not!
MRS. LYONS: Even when—when he was a tiny baby I’d see him looking straight at me and I’d think, he knows…he knows. You have ruined me. But you won’t ruin Edward!

Related Characters: Mrs. Johnstone (speaker), Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker), Edward
Page Number: 77-78
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MRS. JOHNSTONE: YOU’RE MAD. MAD.
MRS. LYONS: I curse the day I met you. You ruined me.
MRS. JOHNSTONE: Go. Just go!
MRS. LYONS: Witch. I curse you. Witch!
MRS. JOHNSTONE: Go!

Related Characters: Mrs. Johnstone (speaker), Mrs. Jennifer Lyons (speaker)
Page Number: 79
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Mrs. Jennifer Lyons Character Timeline in Blood Brothers

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Jennifer Lyons appears in Blood Brothers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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The scene shifts, moving to the house of Mr. and Mrs. Lyons , where Mrs. Johnstone works as a cleaning lady. Mrs. Lyons enters with a parcel... (full context)
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After Mrs. Lyons leaves, the Narrator enters. He lists various superstitions, from shoes on the table to spilling... (full context)
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We return to Mrs. Lyons ’ home, where the rich woman finds Mrs. Johnstone devastated by the idea of having... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnstone asks if Mrs. Lyons is really that desperate for a child. Mrs. Lyons responds in song, explaining how she... (full context)
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As she begins to plan the deception , Mrs. Lyons has Mrs. Johnstone swear on a Bible never to tell anyone about the bargain. The... (full context)
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...debt of all is that she will have to give one of her sons to Mrs. Lyons . Mrs. Johnstone laments the fact that she will never know her son, and that... (full context)
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Mrs. Lyons enters, wearing fake pregnancy padding, and is upset that Mrs. Johnstone hasn’t notified her about... (full context)
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Mrs. Johnstone’s children ask her what happened to the twin whom Mrs. Lyons just took. Mrs. Johnstone responds that he’s gone to heaven, and tells them about all... (full context)
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A week later, Mrs. Johnstone returns to work at Mrs. Lyons ’ house. She stops for a minute at her baby’s crib and plays with him.... (full context)
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Mrs. Lyons calls for Mrs. Johnstone and announces to her that she is no longer doing satisfactory... (full context)
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As Mickey sulks, Edward , Mrs. Lyons ’ son, emerges and greets him, saying that he saw Mickey playing by his house.... (full context)
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...house. Edward asks her if he’s done something wrong, and Mrs. Johnstone asks him whether Mrs. Lyons knows where he is. Edward admits that his mother would be upset to learn where... (full context)
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We shift to Mr. and Mrs. Lyons’ house. Mr. Lyons gives Edward the present of a toy gun, and then pretends to... (full context)
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With his father gone, Edward asks Mrs. Lyons how to spell the word “bogey man.” Mrs. Lyons tells him that the bogey man... (full context)
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...is Mickey come to see if Edward can play with him. The boys explain to Mrs. Lyons that they are blood brothers. Mrs. Lyons tries to usher her son off to bed,... (full context)
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Mrs. Lyons enters, looking for Edward. The Narrator enters as well, and repeats his refrain, warning Mrs.... (full context)
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Mr. Lyons tries to calm a frantic Mrs. Lyons , who is terrified about where her son has gone. Mr. Lyons wonders if something... (full context)
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...Mr. Lyons asks Edward if he would like to move to the country, explaining that Mrs. Lyons has been ill. Edward protests that he wants to stay, but Mr. Lyons asks him... (full context)
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Edward is unenthusiastic about his new home in the country, although Mrs. Lyons tries to persuade him of how beautiful it is. He reacts with violent fear, however,... (full context)
Act 2
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Mrs. Lyons enters, teaching Edward how to waltz. Edward has been at boarding school, and is about... (full context)
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We move back to Edward, now with Mrs. Lyons , who is appalled that her son has been suspended. In an effort to explain,... (full context)
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The Narrator enters, mocking Mrs. Lyons for feeling secure, and telling her that no amount of time can brush away the... (full context)
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...that he can get money first. As the boys head off together, we realize that Mrs. Lyons has been watching the entire exchange. After a moment, she follows the pair. (full context)
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The two boys walk along as, unbeknownst to them, the Narrator follows them (along with Mrs. Lyons ). Edward offers to lend Mickey money, but Mickey says that he will ask Mrs.... (full context)
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With the boys gone , Mrs. Lyons emerges to confront Mrs. Johnstone, demanding to know how long the family has lived in... (full context)
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Out of nowhere , Mrs. Lyons enters. She shows Mickey Edward and Linda together, as Mrs. Johnstone ominously sings about “the... (full context)
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...that Linda was the one good thing he had left in his life, but that Mrs. Lyons has revealed the affair to him. Edward tries to deny it, but Mickey screams that... (full context)